Walking, Cycling & Playing Ball At 93….

To me, age is just a number. It does not hold me back from doing whatever I want to, as long as I am able to do so. On that note, I have just taken up cycling as yet another way of keeping fit – especially at the age of 93!

I begin the day with arm and leg exercises while still on my bed, before I get up and out of bed.  In the bathroom, I do another set of exercises, which I will elaborate on, in another post.

I go for two walks in a day, each time for about ten minutes (I walk briskly). It is refreshing for the eyes and mind, to focus on the lush greenery of my immediate surroundings and to literally smell the flowers along the way.

 

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Sometime in the afternoon, I will cycle for about 10 minutes which is a good way to get the circulation activated. This can be done 5 minutes at a time, twice a day too. It helps to keep my knees in good shape, and prevents them from feeling stiff.

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At tea-time, Anne, my friendly neighbor comes to carry out her exercise routine and we take the opportunity to play ball! This gentle throwing and catching action helps to sharpen our reflexes and works our arm muscles too.

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Keeping fit with simple exercises daily is ALL FUN and ALL PLAY to me. I hope you will agree with me and get out of that chair to exercise!!

God bless.

Suzanne

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Brushing For Bright Eyes!

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Suzanne, 92, brushes her eyebrows several  times a day, upon waking up, after reading or watching tv.

Like every part of the body, one’s eye area needs to be ‘woken up’ after sleep or after an intense period of reading or looking at electronic gadgets!  Even when your eyes are feeling sluggish when suffering from sinus or a cold.

I just use a soft toothbrush and brush my eyebrows one at a time, starting from the inner end to the outer end. Repeat it a few times and it activates the blood circulation in the eye area…and immediately the tired eye feels revitalised.

Simple as that. If my eyelids are heavy with sleepiness, brushing my eyebrows helps to keep my eyes open.

Have a blessed day.

Amen

Upcycling Project: A Jade Necklace And Bracelet

I enjoy working on at least one creative project daily or every other day. As I always say, there is never a dull moment!

The creative process is all-consuming and keeps me busy, focused and at the end of it all, the lovely results keep me on a natural high!

One of my many creative, hands-on activities is to string together my own jewellery pieces. I have been doing it for years, and I even teach others to do the same, if anyone is interested to learn.

Suzanne at work on necklaceRecently a head-rest made out of jade had come undone, scattering all these cool-to-the-touch rectangle pieces all over the place. My first thought was to piece them back together, but then when I ‘saw’ the prettier alternative in my mind’s eye, I got to work immediately.

With the inspiration edging me on, I completed the upcycling project all in one afternoon and voila! I had fashioned a new necklace and bracelet set with the jade rectangular pieces. As the jade pieces were too heavy for the ears, this set, when worn, would have to be complemented with other jade earrings.

Suzanne with necklace and bracelet set

Every morning before leaving my room, I am always completely dressed – and that means with a full set of jewellery too….many of which are of my own handiwork of course.

Amen.

Suzanne

Beating My Way To Health

If you know me personally or have been following my posts on our blog, you will know that I am quite the fanatic in keeping myself as healthy and as fit as I can, with all kinds of simple routines.

Hence (thankfully, by the grace of God), at the age of 90, I am still as active as can be.

Has anyone heard of the health benefits gained by using a bamboo beater to beat oneself with? No I am not a masochist, but if you ascribe to the oriental viewpoint of how to activate the circulation in your system, you will understand where the basis for this method is coming from.

This being a simple but totally effective way to activate the circulation and the ‘chi’, thereafter, my level of alertness shoots up and I feel great. I can confidently say that it also helps me maintain an upright posture with ease.

Suzanne's daily routine - keeps her in good stead. Photos were taken in 2012 at the age of 88, but this year at age 90, she still beats herself up daily!

Suzanne’s daily routine – keeps her in good stead. Photos were taken in 2012 at the age of 88, but this year at age 90, she still beats herself up daily!

I use the beater to beat myself on all parts of my body – starting from the head downwards to the neck – shoulders – back (but not the spine) – torso – arms – palms – buttocks – inner and outer thighs – back and sides of calves – right down to the soles of my feet – several times a day.

The photos above show where and how I beat myself. At each spot shown, I beat about 10 times.

Suzanne shows the way to use the beater on her palm..

Suzanne shows the way to use the beater on her palm..

When it comes to the soles of my feet I continue beating up to the count of 100 on each foot. This works wonders for me and I do believe it contributes towards my ability to walk fast!

Suzanne shows how to beat her shoulder blades with the beater.

Suzanne shows how to beat her shoulder blades with the beater.

As to how often use the beater to beat myself… well, let us just say, at all times of day, whenever I have a few minutes free. If I have been seated for a while, out comes the beater to beat my palms and the soles of my feet.

I beat my husband up too!!! (LOL) To be specific, I use the beater to beat the soles of his feet every day and night, and the back of his shoulders. It helps his circulation and relaxes the shoulder muscles after spending hours at the computer desk.

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The bamboo beater that I use, as shown in the image above, is purchased at the local markets. Apparently these are made in China. They are pretty light but effective.

If one cannot find the beater, then the alternative would be to use the palm of the hand to beat oneself. That will be discussed in another chapter…

I totally believe in this beating technique, and it suits me very well. However, if in doubt it is best to check with your physician first before trying it out. The important thing is to remember NOT to beat the spine. 

As I always say, all my keep fit routines are deceptively simple and easy to follow. The only thing is to remember that any keep fit routine needs to be practised regularly and consistently.

Amen.

Suzanne

Suzanne: Stretching Is A Necessity

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Photos of Suzanne were taken in 2012 at age 88, and she is still at the same routine today, at age 90

Photos of Suzanne were taken in 2012 at age 88, and she is still at the same routine today, at age 90

Hello there, it has been a long while since I last shared my keep fit tips online. As you know, I keep exercising on a daily basis to keep fit. One of the routines is to stretch my muscles.

Do read up on the benefits of stretching (click here and here to read) so you will know how important it is, especially when one advances in age.

As they say, if you don’t use the muscles, they will go to waste, so I make sure I stretch daily – as it is a simple but very necessary activity.

I find that stretching with a resistance band like the one in the photos, helps to deepen the stretch, which in turn, gives the muscles a better ‘strengthening work out’.  The photos above were taken in 2012, when I was 88, and I am still at it, at the age of 90. Praise the Lord!

But as in all cases, please know that I have been exercising and stretching for many years, and I know how my body adjusts to the different routines I have.

The smart thing to do is to know when to exercise caution. If in doubt, please consult your dr in advance for advice.

Wishing everyone a blessed week ahead!

Amen

Suzanne

A Casual Style To Call My Own

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As some of you might have realized by now, I love to draw and paint! When I was a young home-maker, I used to paint on glass and canvases with which to decorate the home. That eagerness to ‘makeover’ a … Continue reading